Knife Rights had hoped to hold a little celebration marking the day (September 1st) that the Texas “Bowie Bill” goes into effect. They were going to hold it at the most appropriate of venues – The Alamo. The public was encouraged to attend “Bring Your Own Bowie” to celebrate freedom and recognize those who worked so hard to get this passed.
Unfortunately, this weekend’s hurricane and subsequent flooding has made this untenable. Knife Rights is postponing the BYOB event to a more appropriate time.
From Knife Rights:
The devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey has affected many Knife Rights members and supporters in south Texas. Many of our members and friends throughout Texas are also involved in rescue, recovery and support operations.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who are suffering from the wrath of Hurricane Harvey and for the safety of all those working to support those impacted by this extraordinary natural disaster.
Out of respect for our Texas members, supporters and all those adversely impacted, Knife Rights is postponing our BYOB: Bring Your Own Bowie Freedom Celebration at the Alamo. We are working with the management team at the Alamo to pick a new date in the near future.
This Friday, September 1st, Texans will finally be free to carry a Bowie knife, ending over 140 years of insult to the memory of Colonel James “Jim” Bowie, co-commander of the Alamo garrison and hero of the Texas Revolution. The enactment of Knife Rights’ Texas HB 1935 eliminates from Texas statute the prohibition against carrying “illegal knives,” including daggers, dirks, stilettos, poniards, swords, spears and most notably, Bowie knives. This allows them to be carried throughout the state with the exception that knives with blades over 5.5 inches are now restricted from carry in a limited number of locations.For full details on the new Texas law and a complete list of the limited places where you cannot carry “location restricted” knives with blades over 5.5 inches, please see:
We look forward to celebrating this new-found freedom with our Texas friends at the historic Alamo in the not too distant future.In 2013 Knife Rights’ repeal of Texas’ switchblade ban was enacted. In 2015 we got Knife Law Preemption enacted, removing all local knife ordinances more restrictive than Texas state law. Now in 2017 we have removed all of the “illegal knives” in Texas law, finally allowing Texans the right to carry a Bowie knife, dagger and virtually any other knife. But, we are not yet finished. We will be back in two years to see about striking those last remaining minor knife restrictions in Texas. We won’t stop until Texas is a free as everyone thinks Texas is.